Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Our Faith Can Move Mountains - unique shaped sign

This is another sign I recently made using the same technique as my bracket shaped sign.

First I find rough pallet wood and glue the pieces together side by side. For this sign I chose to use uneven lengths of wood.

Then I paint the sign solidly, getting into all the crevices.  This sign was painted black first:

Once this is dry, the sign is sanded which leaves paint in the low spots but bare wood in the high spots.

Now the magic, brush a dark stain over the whole sign:

Then paint a beautiful saying on the wood:

This "Faith" sign is 12" wide and 17 1/2" tall with a sawtooth hanger on the back.  It is available through me by email, or at my etsy shop for $40.

I was featured at My RePurposed Life, thanks Gail!
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Bracket Shaped Sign - I will be Grateful for this day

Bracket shapes seem to be quite popular these days.  I've made a bracket shaped blackboard before, it was basically square in overall shape.  You can see it here.

Recently I saw a post at Sawdust and Embryos where they made a beautiful bracket shaped sign which was more rectangular in shape.  I even emailed Beth to ask if it was okay to copy the idea and she said "sure!"

This is what I came up with:

Beth's sign had the wood running vertically, mine was horizontal, here's her beautiful work:

As well, mine is smaller, but I am going to make more, using the wood vertically and making some larger.  I just had some pallet wood that I liked the rough graining of, so this was the maximum size I could get out of it.  I'll show you the steps.

While I didn't take a photo of this glue up, I do glue the edges of my pieces together.  No screws, no back slats, just glue.  Here's a different glue up, not this sign, but the way I glue up all my signs:

Once the glue dried I traced out a bracket shape that would fit the wood I had, 17 1/2" long was the longest I could go with this particular wood, so the width is 17 1/2".  I used 5 pieces which came to 13 1/2" in height.

I put a solid coat of turquoise paint all over the sign:

Now, I purposely picked a rough wood, this way when you sand it, your paint will stay in the lower/deeper recesses and you will sand away the paint on the higher spots.  (If your wood is smooth to start with, you will just sand most of it away and not have such a contrast)

After this, I paint on a coat of dark stain and then wipe off most of it:

I love this look, it's the same I did with my pallet table:

Then I printed out a nice saying on my computer and hand painted it with white craft paint:

Here's another way to use this bracket shaped sign, more like the original one, which uses a family name:

Thanks to Beth at Sawdust and Embryos for the inspiration and for being so generous in saying I could copy her idea. Check out her blog, she has some creative projects there.

Everything I make is for sale, please contact me if you'd like this sign or any others, or if you'd like me to make you something personalized.

This "Grateful" sign is 17 1/2" wide and 13 1/2" tall with a sawtooth hanger on the back. This sign is sold, but I can make a similar one for you. It is available through me by email, or at my etsy shop for $40.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

Thank You and Another Serving Tray

Thanks to all of my new followers for checking out my blog and sending so many great comments!

I'm trying to post more, but I've been very busy in the shop, so it's a time issue.  Please let me know if there are any questions or things you'd like to read about related to woodworking and tools.

Here is another serving tray I made at the same time that I made the bicycle one that I posted about previously. The instructions are in that post.

For this tray, it was painted white and then I used Mod Podge to apply bird graphics that I found at the Graphics Fairy.

Around the edges I wrote the names of all the birds on the tray (twice) with a Sharpie paint pen.

I hope this gives you some ideas of what to do with a tray, even if you didn't make it yourself.

I'll post about the third one I made soon.

(This bird tray is SOLD)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Paris Sign for a Giveaway at "simply vintageous"

My blogging friend Suzan of simply vintageous has just reached 1000 followers through Google Friend Connect and asked if I would participate in a giveaway at her blog.

The gift had to be something Paris related, so this is what I came up with, and how I made it.

I used a piece of poplar, which is available at most crafting type stores.  It's 1/4" thick and I cut it to 6" wide and 7 1/2" long:

Because I am going to distress this sign, first I put a base coat of black craft paint over the wood, including the sides (painting the back black wasn't necessary):

After this dried, I put a coat of white craft paint, the coverage was not so good (going over black), so I also added a second coat.  This shows just the first coat:

While this was drying, I printed out a Paris graphic.  Unfortunately I don't know where I got this Eiffel tower, but there are many similar ones you can find by simply typing "Paris Graphic" into your search engine. I added the word Paris underneath using the font "Edwardian Script" and scaled it all to the right size for this sign.

Then I put carbon paper between the printed sheet and the board:

Trace over everything with a sharp pencil, this transfers the design to the wood:

Here's what the whole design looks like once transferred:

After looking at that I thought it looked too plain, so I added some "flourishes" around each corner:

Then I used a fine brush and black craft paint and painted over all the carbon markings:

Many of the items I sell are distressed, and I thought it was more appropriate for Suzan and this project, so I lightly sanded over the whole piece, including the sides.  I hope you can see the difference this makes to this sign:

I added two "eyes" screwed into the top, and a small black chain for a hanger:

You can win this sign by going to the blog simply vintageous... by Suzan and entering her contest.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Shutter Shelves Take Two Two

When blogging last week about making two turquoise shutter shelves I did it so quickly that I forgot to add photos I had taken before I sent the shelves to Florida.

While going through hundreds of unorganized photos, I found these:

Full instructions available here at my original posting.

Tomorrow, see what I made for a special giveaway at one of my favourite blogs, simply vintageous... by Suzan

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Rest in Peace - "Twister"

My beautiful Rough Collie, Glenrich's Twisted Magic, "Twister", took her last breath last night with family around her.  

Twister had that wonderful collie temperament, always sweet, gentle and obedient.

Twister:  April 2000 - August 2013

Loved forever